Score Four: Students, Schools, Streams, and the Bay

Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin

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What is Score Four?

Our Score Four series of transdisciplinary lessons and hands-on activities help teachers meet multiple curriculum requirements while inspiring environmentally savvy students. Using indoor and outdoor lessons and investigations, students assess factors that contribute to polluted stormwater runoff in their watershed and on their campus. They then plan and conduct an appropriate stormwater action project. Activities incorporate the scientific method, hydrological, biological and chemical processes, math, language skills, and analytical tools (such as tables, graphs, and maps). Geared towards high school students.

Student Stormwater Action Projects

Here we highlight a few schools that have participated in the program. Click on each school to see what they did!

Storm Drain Stenciling with High Point High School

Science teacher, Laura Hernandez, and her students stenciled storm drains with phrases like, “Keep Water Clean” and “Help Protect Streams,” to remind everyone that what goes down the drain has a  direct impact on water quality.?Beltsville, Md.

  • Students stencil raindrops to indicate that rain will carry pollutants and trash into the storm drains and out to streams and rivers.

Planting Native Landscapes with Northwestern High School

Kari Rowe, an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher, and her students created two conservation landscapes in front of the school that not only beautify the campus, but also reduce stormwater runoff! The gardens are so successful, that the school has requested Ms. Rowe and her students plant more gardens! ?Hyattsville, Md.

The 1st Garden – 2016

  • Ramon Palencia-Calvo, Chispa Maryland, assists on planting day by showing students the proper way to plant.

The 2nd Garden – 2017

  • ESOL teacher, Kari Rowe, and some of her students celebrate their garden with several program partners.

Growing a Food Forest with Parkdale High School

Science teacher, Malka Ostchega, and her students planted the beginnings of a food forest on their campus. The project site is on a steep slope with some areas of erosion that abuts the parking lot and nearby storm drains. The trees and shrubs they planted will reduce runoff by improving soil porosity and infiltration. ?Riverdale, Md.

  • Students planted a total of 78 native trees and shrubs on a hill next to the school's parking lot. These plants will reduce the volume of stormwater runoff and sediment coming from the hill.

Watch the video below to hear what students thought about their Score Four Student Stormwater Action Project.